Djokovic’s Deportation From Australia Delayed Amid Legal Challenge

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Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

World No. 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic on Thursday appealed the decision of the Australian Border Service to cancel his visa and deport him from the country earning him a stay until at least Monday, media reported.

Djokovic, a prominent tennis player of Serbian origin arrived in Australia earlier this week to participate in the Australian Open, due to kick off on January 17 in Melbourne. However, he failed to pass passport control due to the lack of an appropriate visa suitable for those with a medical exemption from vaccination against COVID-19. Djokovic was sent to an immigration detention center in a Melbourne hotel pending deportation.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald outlet, the Serbian athlete’s defense team took part in an online hearing on his appeal, which was postponed until Monday, securing his stay in Australia for several more days.

The court is determined to solve the issue of Djokovic’s deportation case as soon as possible and ready to hear the athlete’s testimony if necessary, in an online regime, the judge in the case said, as cited by the outlet.

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